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Creating a Memorable Thanksgiving by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

Thanksgiving is a holiday with many family traditions ranging from Grandpa at the head of the table carving the turkey to Grandma’s famous pumpkin pie.  It is a time for family and friends to gather and give thanks for the many blessings they have had throughout the year.

You can start your own new traditions as well and involve your children in the preparations.  If you have an older child that is able to write, have them create placecards for everyone at the table.  They can decorate these as well.  Placemats can also be created for everyone as well and younger children can be involved in this craft as well. These can be simply a piece of construction paper with drawings by each of your children.  If you are feeling really creative have your children make a handprint with paint on each placemat to make the feathers of the turkey and then cut out construction paper in the shape of a bowling pin for the body of the turkey.  You can add googly eyes  etc. as you see fit.

You and your family can write down all of the things you are thankful for (little ones can dictate these to you).  Make a paper flower  for each of these things you are thankful for and attach it to wooden kabob sticks or popsicle sticks and place them in a vase for a simple yet meaningful centerpiece for the table.

By involving the whole family in creating these thanksgiving mementoes you are creating your own Thanksgiving memories as well.

We at Motherhood Incorporated wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving !

I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I enjoy writing them! Should you have any questions about Motherhood Incorporated either as a client or as a mom looking for work, please email me directly at sandra@motherhoodincorporated.com or you can check us out at www.motherhoodincorporated.com and www.sandrabeck.com.

Eating Healthy—It’s All About the Colors by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

Childhood obesity is on the rise. It’s a fact, one that at least for me is hard to swallow.  It is up to us as mothers to do what we can to combat this problem head-on.  Our children will follow our example, whether we like it or not.  So we have to change our own lifestyle in order to get our children to follow suit.

Have you ever noticed that most fast food is brown or tan in color—so blah!  Why not add a little color to your diet and in the process eat healthier. It’s all about the colors.  If it’s pleasing to the eye, it will likely be pleasing to the palate.  Restaurants use this technique all the time—it’s all about presentation.

Vegetables and fruits come in a variety of colors. Make a salad incorporating many different colored vegetables.  For example, a green salad with red,green,and yellow peppers cut up in it as well as radishes, mushrooms, or even squash is not only colorful but healthy.  You could give it a Mexican flair and add black beans, salsa, and sour cream or a sprinkling of cheese.  A fruit salad with grapes (green and red), pineapple, red or green apples, and raisins can be a healthy snack for hungry kids.

Eating healthy by eating your colors can start when your children are infants.  Baby food comes in many different flavors and colors, you can even make your own. Starting healthy eating early in life will likely carry on as your children grow.

So add a little color to you and your family’s dinner plate and reap the reward of building a healthy family.

I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I enjoy writing them!  Should you have any questions about Motherhood Incorporated either as a client or a mom looking for work, please email me directly at sandra@motherhoodincorporated.com or you check us out at www.motherhoodincorporated.com and www.sandrabeck.com.

Wishbone Strategies by Dahna Weber

So we found one.  A wishbone.  Why is that always exciting?  It’s been sitting on the window ledge for a good 10 days now.  When I wash the dishes, (not as often as I should), it stares me in the face asking; What are your wishes? What are Liam’s wishes? When are we going to do this?  It has made me contemplative.  Made me notice how the bulk of my wishes are all wishes for Liam…even when they are about me.  I try to think of ways I can make sure he wins when we do hook pinkies and split the bone in two.  It’s like the coin toss.  No way to cheat.  No way to strategically guarantee that Liam wins…..Guess I’ll just leave it up to fate and wish that he wins and his wish comes true!!  by Dahna Weber

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Amazing Cookie Decorating Tip – By Nicole Perkins

By Nicole Perkins

Although the holidays are over, this is one of those tips you’ll probably need at some point during the year. Just tuck it away for when you do – it is just so brilliant, I feel compelled to share.

Now perhaps this is an old one, or some of you may roll your eyes and think this is nothing new, but when my husband, yes, my husband, suggested it, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it sooner!

cookie-blogMy kids had made a huge batch of Christmas cookies with Grandma, cut out all the cute little shapes, made a giant batch of frosting for decorating, but I was stumped as to how best to distribute all the colors we wanted to use. Buying a pastry bag for each color would be expensive, besides my market only had one left. Plus, I wanted something the kids could use that would be more fun, less mess.

Then in walks my husband, as though he’s been doing this for years, and suggests we use the medicine droppers that have piled up in the kids’ drawer for all the different colors. Cue thunderous applause.

I got out little bowls, mixed the colors up, and let the kids squirt all the different colors all over our delicious holiday cookies. It was so easy, so fun and worked like a charm. I can’t wait to do it for Valentine’s Day!!

Daymaker Challenge Day 20 Soup Kitchen Family by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber

Sure we all donate food this time of year to those less fortunate.  And we teach our kids all about that.  Do they really understand?  Why not consider a trip down to a homeless shelter one night and you and the kids help serve the food.  The shelters are always looking for volunteers and the homeless people would find it such a treat to be amongst some children.  Your kids will get a real flash of poverty and be blessed with both appreciation for all that they have and be humbled.  by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber

Automatic Gift Recycling by Dahna Weber

My son and I were doing an early Hannukah celebration tonight at our friend’s house.  It was so so lovely.  The candles, the prayers, everyone reading the story of ancient Greek gods and magical oil.  We had “special” cocktails and delicious white wine.  We ate latkes and sour cream and apple sauce.  Our friends had bought my son a gift and I had brought one along for him as well.  We have the tradition of one gift per day for the 8 days of Hannukah.  Most of those 8 gifts are little ones.  Well Liam’s eyes just lit up when he saw the giant kinder egg the friends had bought him.  He sure had fun putting it together. 

 I wasn’t quite so successful with the gift I had chosen for him.  It was a Cake ‘n Cup set.  You bake two mini cakes in coffee mugs.  When the cakes are done and all gobbled up you are left with two perfect hot chocolate mugs just in time for all the snow we received here!  Well Liam didn’t think it was such a hot gift.  So….he asked if he could speak to me privately.  He let me know that he really appreciated the gift and time I took to select it but that he wasn’t crazy about it.  He asked if he could exchange it for something else.  (I know this sounds strange but in trying to reduce our over consumption and apathy towards tangible items, I much prefer to offer him the chance to exchange his gifts for something he truly likes, than for him to feel obliged to use something because it`s there).  Sometimes we try to return it for a gift card, sometimes donate it and sometimes regift it to someone we know will appreciate it. 

 And so tonight, in a heartbeat, when he realized that we had not brought a gift (aside from some food to share for the potluck and a bottle of wine), he was eager to offer up his gift to our hosts who had mentioned they thought it was a really cool present.  I felt really proud.  To come back to earth……and more objective ground, I thought over how differently it would have passed had he loved the gift! 

We automatically recycled that gift.  Right there on the spot.  What`s that thing they say about the thought counting….. 

by Dahna Weber

Daymaker Challenge Day 17- Pass the Pot by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber

In the crazy busy time before the holidays when somehow the combination of family, year end obligations and goals overwhelms most of us, it’s hard to find the time to eat properly let alone cook!  So we propose that when you do cook your next meal double the portion and share the meal with another busy family.  Pass your pot over!  You can call them and let them know you are going to do it.  Hopefully they even reciprocate another time! Now ain’t that much better than leftovers??? by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber